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How to age ten years in as many seconds....

I took Simon to a new-to-him park this morning, and we had a loose dog come up to us. Once I realized that them meeting was going to happen whether I wanted it or not, I kept his line as loose as possible so that he could move around without constriction, and when they both took off running, I let go completely to avoid either of us getting hurt. Twice.

I offer a heartfelt thank you to Denise Fenzi for teaching about whistle recalls, and a heartfelt prayer to the dog training gods that I never have to test it in real life again. Both times they ran, he came back for the whistle. The second time, I was starting to wonder if he would, and they were running towards the street, and there were cars coming. About 200 feet away from me, he finally turned and booked it back. When he turned back, the other dog did too, so neither one wound up in the street.

When the other dog decided it needed to go poop, I stuck a handful of freeze dried salmon in Simon's face, and hustled him back to the car and into his crate.

Thank goodness the other dog was friendly, and that when they did meet, Simon wanted to play.
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Congratulations on your success! Recalls are critical when traffic is in the mix.
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Congrats to you. Well done! What scary moments, and kudos to Simon for being such a good boy. Recall is certainly not the easiest thing to be confident about, especially when they bolt off like that.
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So glad he recalled!
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Excellent training. I've been curious about the whistle recall - I can't yell but I can use a whistle. I presume you have to have the whistle at all times when you want to use it for recall.
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Congrats! Simon's response was impressive, especially with another dog involved!!
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Excellent training. I've been curious about the whistle recall - I can't yell but I can use a whistle. I presume you have to have the whistle at all times when you want to use it for recall.
I wear it on a lanyard around my neck, and practice a few times every walk, so that responding to it is so automatic that he doesn't have to even think about it. This was our first real "emergency" use of it.
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Awesome training. I will have to check out the whistle recall for real life situations. This is one of the most important things that every dog owner can teach. I am also going to put my 2 cents in for having an emergency stay. Imagine that the dog crosses a road and makes it to the other side. If the road is busy I think it is better if you can get the dog onto a down stay so you can safely cross to collect said dog. I talk about both to novice class members and to private clients.
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